by Chris Kelly
Mix 20 company visits with 37 excited Rady MBA students and what do you get? The annual San Francisco / Bay Area Trek which was held on January 30th and 31st followed by an alumni reception at Boudin Bakery and Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Thirty-seven first year, second year and flex students along with three Rady staff members flew up to San Francisco to visit companies of their choice. They had four tracks to choose from; Biotech, Finance, Technology and Consumer Products.
Many of the companies were regular annual hosts on the Trek such as Electronic Arts, Tesla, NetApp and Silicon Valley Bank. Others, that were new to the Trek were CitiBank, LiveOps, Sony Play Station, Safeway and Open Table. Each student chose a track and visited approximately five or six companies within that track. Many of these companies were recruiting for summer internships as well as full time opportunities. Each visit varied a little in its agenda. At some companies a tour of the campus was given followed by a panel discussion with representatives from various departments including CEOs, VPs and Managing Directors. At other visits, such as the finance businesses, a simple discussion was held between students and company representatives. At many visits, Rady alums were on hand to tell the story of their job search and their experiences within the company.
Highlights were the EJ Gallo Winery headquarters in Modesto which included a tour of the Underground Cellar, Bottling and Glass Plant and Tesla Motors where everyone was able to see and touch the Tesla cars and hear about the next generation of vehicles. At Twitter, the Rady School is the only school that has the opportunity to take the supply chain and operations tour.
The alumni reception gave the Rady students an opportunity to meet and network with many Rady alum and discuss job search experiences as well as hiring opportunities. It also was a chance for the alums to meet the new Careers Director, Terra Saltzman-Baker. The annual San Francisco / Bay Area Trek was a great success and the Rady School looks forward to the 2015 Trek!